August 29, 2017

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Photo by New York Scugnizzo
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August 28, 2017

Photo of the Week: The Saint Cono Obelisk

San Cono obelisk, Teggiano, Salerno. Inaugurated on June 1, 1887
Photo courtesy of Patrick O'Boyle

August 25, 2017

Congratulations Bruno Codispoti, Grand Marshall of the 2017 Feast of Santa Rosalia

Bruno Codispoti Esq.
Congratulations to our dear friend Bruno Codispoti on your election as Grand Marshall for the 42nd Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. What a terrific honor! From all of us at Il Regno, we wish you all the best. Evviva Santa Rosalia!
The procession will start Sunday, August 27th at 3:00 PM by the outdoor chapel on 18th Avenue, and 72nd Street. Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 PM at St. Dominic’s RC Church at 2001 Bay Ridge Parkway.

Evviva Santa Rosalia! A Look at the 42nd Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Rosalia!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Tuesday after work, I finally had the opportunity to go to the 42nd Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Visiting the outdoor chapel to venerate la Santuzza, I said a few intercessory prayers for the earthquake victims in Ischia and for the happy repose of the souls of my ancestors. Although I was a little disappointed to discover that the rumors of a new statue donated by the city of Palermo were untrue, I still made my customary donation and picked up some prayer cards to share with my loved ones.
The outdoor chapel on 18th Avenue, between 71 St. and 72 St.
There was plenty of delicious Palermitano street fare
at Lucy's, including stigghiola...
...and grilled octopus
Naturally we made our obligatory stop at Villabate Alba Pasticceria
(7001 18th Ave.) for some espresso and Baked Iris
Festive street lights line the Avenue
I couldn't leave without getting a little care package
filled with delicious Sicilian specialties for myself

August 24, 2017

Celebrating the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Francis De Sales in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

High Altar with painting of St. Margaret
Mary Alacoque with Our Lord
My friends and I had the great pleasure of visiting Brooklyn Visitation Monastery (8902 Ridge Blvd.) Monday evening for the Votive Sung Mass in honor of the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Francis De Sales, with commemoration to St. Jane Frances De Chantal. 
Mass was sung by Celebrant and Homilist Fr. Stephen Saffron, Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The motets and Mass setting for this Liturgy were composed by organist and choir director David Adam Smith.
Thank you to the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary for organizing the Mass and warmly welcoming us inside their beautiful chapel and monastery grounds. It was a great joy to celebrate our faith together.

August 23, 2017

Viva San Rocco! A Look at the 128th Annual Feast of San Rocco di Potenza in New York City

Evviva San Rocco!
Photos courtesy of John Cordi, Rosanna Minervini,
Anthony Scillia, and New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Sunday's 128th Annual Feast of San Rocco di Potenza at Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter St.) in Manhattan's historic Little Italy.
Hundreds attend Mass at Most Precious Blood Church
(L) Tina looks after San Rocco's faithful pooch.
(R) The La Rocca men salute Old Glory during the National Anthem
San Rocco emerges from under the church scaffolding 
Confetti exploded and people cheered for our glorious patron
Bill and Bruno bring out the candle house (cinte)
Italo and Concetta helped put the generous donations onto the statue
Baxter Street was buzzing with excitement
Devotees Rosanna, Francesca and Kathryn carry the traditional wax ex-voto
Our buddies Anthony Scillia and Matt Alongi
led the procession down bustling Mulberry Street
(Above & below) The procession wends its way through Little Italy and Chinatown. (R) Our friends from the St. Joseph Society of Lodi, New Jersey show their boundless support and devotion to San Rocco
Devotees take turns carrying our beloved patron
We always get tremendous support from our friends from the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata of Brooklyn, New York (pictured above); the Gioiosa Marina Social Club of Brooklyn, New York; the Our Lady of the Snow Society of Brooklyn, New York; the Craco Society; the Figli di San Gennaro; the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Fraternal Society of New Jersey; the Saint Rocco Society of Fort Lee, New Jersey; ... 
...the St. Joseph Society of Lodi. New Jersey (left); and the San Giacomo Society of Hoboken, New Jersey (right)
Representing the Knights of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, Cav. John Napoli and the Very Rev. Msgr. Cav. Joseph Ambrosio, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newark, New Jersey
Devotees shower San Rocco with rose petals
outside the Church of the Transfiguration
Remembering our roots, we make our way to now-closed St. Joseph's Church  
Mr. and Mrs. Mavrianos showers San Rocco with rose petals
(L) The procession returns to Little Italy.
(R) John and Andrew carry the cinte
Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band
After dinner and raffles, revelers danced the night away

August 22, 2017

A Prayer for the Earthquake Victims on the Isle of Ischia, in the Bay of Naples

Sant'Emidio, prega per noi 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the earthquake victims and their families. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life, the suffering and the destruction. May San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce and Sant'Emidio protect and watch over you.
Prayer to Saint Emygdius in Times of Earthquake and Calamities
Saint Emygdius, Bishop and Martyr of the faith, accept kindly the prayer that we confidently address to you. Intercede for us before the Lord so that, by imitating you, our faith, vivified by works, be a testimony of filial love for God and fraternal love for one’s neighbor. Encouraged by your example we promise to live with a heart detached from earthly goods and the willingness to sacrifice everything in order to remain faithful to God and the Church. Extend upon us, on our families and on our cities your protection, from the earthquake and from every other calamities or pestilence, so that preserved from them, we may lead a quiet and peaceful life dedicated at giving glory to God hoping to secure the salvation of our souls. Amen.

Congratulations Achille Pirro on becoming a Third Order Lay Carmelite

A devotee of St. Rocco, Achille recently led us in prayer during the Triduum for the Feast of San Rocco in Little Italy, New York. Photo by New York Scugnizzo 
Congratulations to our dear friend Achille Pirro on becoming a member of the Third Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. We admire your devotion and enthusiasm for the faith and our southern Italian traditions, may God bless and keep you always.

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Congratulations Achille Pirro

August 21, 2017

Photo of the Week: Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Main Altar of the Naples Cathedral

Baroque marble statue of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven by sculptor Pietro Bracci (1739-1744) at the main altar of the Duomo di Napoli. Photo courtesy of Patrick O'Boyle

August 19, 2017

Three Days of Prayer for San Rocco

First class relic of San Rocco
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
In preparation for the upcoming 128th Annual Feast of San Rocco at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus (113 Baxter Street) in Manhattan’s historic Little Italy this Sunday, August 20th, members of the St. Rocco Society have begun a Triduum, or three days of prayer, in English and Italian, in honor of their glorious patron. Devotees will gather by the world famous papier-mâché statue of San Rocco on the Guariglia bye-altar for the final night of prayer Saturday, August 19th at 7pm
Members of the St. Rocco Society gather by the statue for three days of prayer
Sunday’s Feast Day Mass will be celebrated at 12pm, followed by the procession with statue and first class relic of San Rocco. Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band will accompany the procession through the streets of Little Italy and Chinatown. Religious goods and raffles will be available for purchase outside the church and, as always, after the procession, partygoers will dance the night away and enjoy some delicious southern Italian fare provided by Peppino’s from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. 
The society donated flowers for the altar and the statue of the saint
We look forward to seeing you there. Viva San Rocco! 

August 18, 2017

A Prayer for Barcelona

St. George pray for us
San Giorgio by Francesco Guarino
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the August 17th terror attacks in Las Ramblas, Barcelona and their families. May Sant Jordi, Santa Eulalia and La Mare de Déu de la Mercè watch over you.

Prayer for Victims of Terrorism

Loving God, welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism. Comfort their families and all who grieve for them. Help us in our fear and uncertainty, and bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love. Strengthen all those who work for peace, and may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts. Amen.

Also see:
A Prayer for London
A Prayer for Manchester
A Prayer for the Church Bombing Victims in Egypt
A Prayer for Stockholm
A Prayer for St. Petersburg
A Prayer for Westminster
A Prayer for Berlin
Requiescat in Pace: Fr. Jacques Hamel
A Prayer for Nice
A Prayer for Brussels

August 17, 2017

A Look at the 2017 Giglio di Sant’Antonio da Padova in East Harlem, New York

The Giglio di Sant'Antonio da Padova
Photos courtesy of Bobby Maida
Thank you Bobby for sharing your fantastic photos of the 2017 Giglio Feast of Sant’Antonio da Padova in East Harlem, New York (Sunday, August 13th). Viva Sant’Antonio!

For more of Bobby’s event pictures visit

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church was packed for Mass
Some fireworks after Mass
(Above & below) Number 1 Capo Paranza Frankie Bracco
 leads the procession with Sant'Antonio to the outdoor chapel
A young lady performs a rousing rendition of the National Anthem
(Above & below) The paranza (lifters) show their devotion
(Above & below) Tenor Jimmy Alleva and the Giglio Band
(Above & below) The Giglio Girls and Kids show their support
(Above & below) A Good time was had by all